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February 12, 2014

Jam tart a simple expression of love

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You can even make the crust chocolate with the addition of 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. The list of variations goes on and on.

For Valentine’s Day, try making a strawberry jam tart and drizzling it with a little melted chocolate when it comes out of the oven. It’s a twist on chocolate-covered strawberries!

ITALIAN JAM TART

Start to finish: 1 hour

Servings: 6

13 tablespoons (1 stick plus 5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water or vanilla extract

11/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Generous 1/2 cup (about 6.5 ounces) fig, apricot, cherry or berry jam

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Position an oven rack in the center of oven.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer with the whisk attachment to beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until the mixture is very light in color, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the orange water or extract, and blend well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, and mix by hand just until the dough is thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds. Measure out a scant 1/2 cup of the dough, and smooth it out on a small plate, then place the plate in the freezer.

Meanwhile, press the remaining dough evenly into and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. If the dough is too soft to work with, chill it briefly. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Once the tart has chilled, spread the jam evenly in it, starting from the center and leaving a border of about 1/2 inch around the edges. The jam should be thinly spread and not resemble a filled pie. Remove the reserved dough from the freezer, and crumble it into small pieces over the jam.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is a beautiful golden brown. Remove from the oven, and place on a rack to cool completely. Remove the tart from the sides of the pan, and cut into wedges.

Nutrition information per serving: 470 calories; 220 calories from fat (47 percent of total calories); 25 g fat (16 g saturated, 0.5 g trans fats); 65 mg cholesterol; 59 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 29 g sugar; 4 g protein; 60 mg sodium.

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